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Analyse & Kritik

Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory

Ed. by Baurmann, Michael / Leist, Anton / Tranow, Ulf

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Volume 38, Issue 2


Reflective Equilibria in Metrology?

A Case Study on the Current Reform of the International System of Units

Oliver Schlaudt
Published Online: 2016-11-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-2016-0123


In this paper I propose to read the history of systems of units, and in particular the current reform of the International System of Units (SI), understood as a set of measuring norms, in the light of reflective equilibria. The idea is that the model of reflective equilibria actually applies to processes which can be empirically observed or studied. This can help us to understand the nature of normativity and to shed light on its relativity to, and dependence on, practice.

Keywords: Reflective equilibria; measurement; metrology; systems of units; reform of the SI

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Published Online: 2016-11-22

Published in Print: 2016-11-01

Citation Information: Analyse & Kritik, Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 497–522, ISSN (Online) 2365-9858, ISSN (Print) 0171-5860, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-2016-0123.

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